People don’t post about their struggles, battles, or demons. -
Social media is all about showing how we thrive and we are our there living our best lives. What we rarely see are the struggles behind the scenes and those that are going on internally. I have shared some of my problems on my page but I don’t think I have truly gone into details about what goes on inside my mind and soul. -
Over the last few months of my life, I have been battling demons that take over my brain. After the loss of my job, I lost a lot of my self worth. Depression, anxiety, and eating disordered thoughts have taken more of a front seat in my life. They are not the driver buuuut they are definitely in a “Siri Mapquest” kind of role. Now, I don’t always listen.
*RECALCULATING YOUR ROUTE* but sometimes I am too drained to argue.
3 little things to be aware of with those struggling with challenges in their mental wellness:
1) being depressed is NOT the same as being sad. And telling me to “cheer up” makes me imagine stabbing you with rusty objects. I am sometimes one of the happiest, positive people you will meet but that doesn’t mean I don’t have depression.
2) anxiety is not just worrying. It can be physically PAINFUL and laying on the bathroom floor is my go to while I try to calm my tornado of thoughts.
3) my relationship with food is a roller coaster. Sometimes I have no fear while others I find myself trying to justify my untracked meals over and over again. It is a learning experience for me and telling me to just eat whatever I want isn’t productive. -
I have been told that you cannot “see” that I have these struggles and that is something I pride myself on. “My problems are my own” has always been my dialogue. But I have learned recently, that I have people on my side who care and want me to be my happiest, healthiest self. I have found those who are true support systems and also those who are NOT. You find out who your friends are when you are at your lowest! -
Check in on your friends if you notice a shift. Let them know you care. Sometimes that smile is hiding pain. Knowing that there are people on your team, can help more than you think.
1 day ago
Getting settled in here in the Philippines and haven’t taken any photos yet!! Can’t wait to shoot and explore in over the next week and a half!
So thankful for my @1stphorm level 1 bars to get me by while traveling!
20 grams of protein and super freaking delicious.
It’s one of the things I always make sure to pack and have with me.
Literally the best protein bar I’ve ever had.
Peanut butter is my favorite flavor but honestly they are all good.
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Today was absolutely GORGEOUS☀️.
Almost 70 degrees in November, it can’t get any better than that🙌🏼. Then it’s supposed to snow❄️ tomorrow🙃#TypicalMidWestWeather .
I don’t know if you have noticed, but recently I have been going home🏡 more often because that’s where I’m truly the happiest☺️. Love spending time with my family, plus it’s a nice little escape from school.
Yes, I get I’m not the typically college student who goes out and parties every weekend, but I don’t care🤷🏼♀️. Life is to short to be unhappy. If that means driving a few hours home every 2-3 weeks to make me happier, than ya best believe that’s what I’ll be doing😎.
Anyway, hope you all have had the best Sunday! What you’ve been up too this weekend?!
Помни, что нет такого второго, как ты. Будь здесь и сейчас. А голос внутреннего критика пусть станет твоим азартом - доказать, что сможешь, что получится.🌺
«Дом, в котором горит свет»
How do we actually get fat?
Everyone now knows, that to lose weight we need to make a caloric deficit and spend some time there. A few know that to keep loosing weight we need to further decrease caloric intake. This is called metabolic adaptation, when body decreases its own energy expenditure. But almost no one think that it can go both ways. When you increase your calories body adapt to burn more. That’s why many of us struggle to put on muscle, we simply not eating enough to fight this adaptation successfully.
Recently there was a theory that a daily increase of 50-100 calories can make us put on a couple of kilos each year. Needless to calculate, it will be a notable number. But is it really so? Firstly a 50-100 is common counting mistake, secondly your body will simply burn this amount easily.
But how do we get fat? It’s our holidays, dinner with friends or special events we attend where our intake goes through the roof to really big number. And after we don’t spend time in deficit at all so we keep what gained.
Keep things in control, choose right food or drink one glass of wine less. I bet this can keep many unwanted kilos away from you.
Execution is everything. Take care!
Personal training on Phuket from movement specialist.
Getting back on T R A C K
How do you get back on track after a weekend off your “picture of health” weekend .
Don’t RESTRICT ❌yourself cause you’ve over indulged .
DO get lots of micronutrients 🥦 .
DONT spend the rest of the week nailing cardio 🏃🏼♀️ to try and undo what you have eaten and drank over the weekend .
DO guzzle your H20 💦 down, the more we drink the more our body will get rid of water retention .
DONT beat yourself up over it. You had a weekend of fun 💃🏼so why would you abuse yourself about it after
What does fitness mean to you?
In a world where social media is inundated with ‘fitness’ models and influencers, I feel our perception of what it means to be ‘fit’ has changed dramatically. Now I want to make it clear that I don’t have a problem with influencers as a whole but I am more concerned with our own perception of this content.
We see people who sit at extreme caloric deficits, take photos at certain angles and lighting, take certain substances, have inflated egos and decide to use this as our standard model of ‘fitness’.
While there’s nothing wrong with being inspired and motivated by people who might have our ‘dream bodies’, we need to be aware that just because someone looks a certain way, this doesn’t necessarily means that they are always ‘healthy’ or ‘fit’. They might be dealing with their own insecurities and/or could be suffering in other ways that we don’t even know about. I think most of us know that Instagram is a highlight reel so we need to remind ourselves of this constantly, especially if we find ourselves feeling down when looking at such photos.
While it’s awesome to get our bodies in great shape, fitness is more than just looking a certain way physically. It can be about challenging your body with different types of movement, playing a sport, creating a more active lifestyle, being stronger than you were before, building cardiovascular endurance, improving your self confidence, being able to keep up with your kids or even just doing simple tasks like walking up steps without being exhausted.
Fitness is a personal journey, so let’s stop putting so much value on the Instagram ‘fitness’ models because we don’t know what their lives actually look like. It’s not always about who is the leanest or biggest, it’s about finding ways to be better than you were a week ago and finding your own balance to sustain a happier, healthier lifestyle. -
Unrelated: enjoy this vid of my current front lever progress 🙃
If you want to become significantly better at anything, you have to fall in love with the process of doing it. You have to fall in love with building the identity of someone who does the work, rather than merely dreaming about the results that you want.
Get ready South Africa, there’s a storm coming.
Are you ready for it !!! 27.02.2020
THIS WILL BE THE EVENT OF THE YEAR!!! @topmodelsouthafrica